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Tuck speaks at Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference


Williamsburg, Ky. – This past October, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Patrick Tuck was invited to attend the 40th anniversary celebration conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts. Tuck and Lexington tenor Whit Whitaker presented Second Sundays at our Saviour: Telling our Stories through Music and Community Partners.

“The conference was an incredible experience and truly international in scope,” said Tuck. “It provided insightful and well-researched presentations on the crucial balance that successful art organizations find within their own communities. The ensuing discussions between sessions were as or even more valuable. While Kentucky was well-represented in accepted proposals, there were also presenters from Canada, South, Africa, China, and other large centers in the U.S.”

Second Sundays was started in the summer of 2011 and is a benefit concert series that provides a diverse variety of music through a strong commitment to community service. Now in its third season, Second Sundays has raised over six thousand dollars for performing artists, migrant families, community shelters, food banks, cancer and blood centers, Haiti relief efforts and higher education and literacy partners.

“This concert series is something new that provides regional musicians, universities, and community service organizations, and those who may have previously felt invisible a stage to share their stories with their community,” said Tuck. “Its mission is consistent in that it serves ministry partners exclusively through partnerships developed with local businesses and organizations.”

The events with Second Sundays range from an annual Caribbean Blues Mothers Day barbecue to musical narratives on the progress made and progress needed in the fight for freedom from racism and discrimination. To date, the most successful events have been those in which both performers and community partners take full advantage of the opportunity to share their narratives.

At the conference Tuck attended guest lectures at the University of Alabama Birmingham and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Lecture topics included concert series promotion, history of music theory, music analysis, and brass pedagogy. He also visited the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana where he enjoyed a demonstration of the church's massive Casavant Pipe Organ, lunch with the director of music Thomas Neil and an evening rehearsal of the church choir.

“The connections that we made with arts administrators around the globe will continue to develop,” said Tuck, describing the benefit of attending the conference. “Presenters from central and eastern Kentucky are now available to one another for consultation and promotion. Informal conversations and meetings with other attendees provided diverse contexts for understanding the role of the arts in cultures around the world. We discussed possible policy implications, potential partnerships, and successful models for arts administration in all facets of society.”

Tuck joined the UC faculty in the summer of 2007 and says:

“The seed of this concert series was planted during the University of the Cumberlands Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert Series when administration, students, faculty, staff, and community organizations rallied together with the shared goals of giving to those in need after the earthquake and learning about the culture that it so profoundly affected. Some of the most inspiring moments for me during that campaign were those evenings when students shared stories of past mission trips to regions without clean drinking water or to Louisiana after hurricane Katrina (an event that kept me and my immediate family out of our home for nearly a month). Giving to the Body of Christ is something that the UC family does well and frequently. I am honored to serve in this higher education community of faith.”

Tuck is a member of the Society for Music Theory, International Trumpet Guild, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Music Educators Association and Delta Omicron Music Fraternity.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Jocelyn Olds, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant